Will I still matriculate?
Yes, you will matriculate in-absentia at the usual time in September. You will not miss out on the ceremony, as you will later be invited to an in-person welcome ceremony to mark your earlier matriculation. This is scheduled to be held in Convocation House and the Divinity School in Oxford, as per tradition, in April 2021.
Will the international modules take place?
At present, the plan is that they will take place. The expectation is that the September 2020 cohort will meet for their international module in India, which falls 21-26 March 2021. A view will be taken in December to allow you to make travel arrangements. Of course we understand for some this may not be possible should there be new travel restrictions in their home country. Therefore, at that time, an option will be available to those needing to complete the course and we will discuss this with you personally. If it transpires that it is not possible to hold this in India as intended, academic content will be delivered online or in person in Oxford and a study trip to India featuring the experiential part of the course in-person will be rescheduled to a later date.
Will there be any changes to course fees?
Our aim is to ensure that students are able to take advantage of our world class academic teaching and meet the educational objectives of each programme. As such, all course fees and funding arrangements will remain unchanged.
We are focusing on supporting students and delivering our programmes of study within the constraints of current circumstances. Whilst we appreciate that this will mean that they are not delivered in the same manner as previous years, the provision and resources that we are working to make available should mean our educational objectives for our programmes are met. For these reasons it is not appropriate for course fees to be waived.
The current circumstances are exceptional and well beyond our control, yet University staff are working strenuously to ensure our high-quality teaching, assessments and examinations, go ahead while minimising impacts for students. Other University services (e.g. student welfare, careers support) will continue to be provided even though staff are working remotely.
How have you already delivered the programme online and facilitated interaction between students?
We have experience of this delivery format, as current EMBA students have been taught online since March, when lockdowns began across the globe. Investment has and is being made in this area. Additional content has been made available to current students and they will have the opportunity to be involved in future sessions; for example, auditing classes and attending rescheduled international modules at a later date. A reunion will also be organised in Oxford. We recognise that peer-to-peer interaction and availability of the myriad resources across the entire University are important parts of your Oxford experience so this is being facilitated wherever possible. It is also worth noting that the EMBA is a programme of 22-24 months, so there is plenty of time to access those elements in-person after the four online modules. More than that, it is a life-long investment to be connected to the University and join this global network.
What has been the recent experience for current students?
A number of the current students have written blog posts describing their experience, which we encourage you to read.